The magical spaces of the Arsenale, amidst the sixteenth-century architecture and the landscape of industrial archaeology that have become familiar to Venetians and been admired by tourists from all over the world during the visual arts exhibitions and the dance, music and theatre festivals of the Biennale, will be the setting for the new training center, the Arsenale della Danza, whose purpose is to create dancer-artists. Not simple performers, but dancers who generate ideas, who can participate in the creative process with the choreographer, developing an independent capacity for choreographic writing, and becoming their own authors. “Learning by doing” is the principle that inspired Ismael Ivo in developing the Arsenale della danza, where a multiplication of opportunities for contact with the public, in demonstrations, improvisation sessions, open lessons and performances, is considered equally important for the purpose of education. Starting with its very first year, the Arsenale della Danza will have its final outcome in the creation of a performance under the guidance of Ismael Ivo.
The study program will alternate the participation of the great performers and protagonists of international dance, bringing the dancers face to face with the different aesthetics of the movement: Hungarian Tamàs Mòricz – for years a leading exponent of William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet, American Ted Stoffer, Geyvan McMillen – a pioneer of contemporary dance in Turkey with the Istanbul Dance Theater, where Tan Temel and Sernaz Demirel also work, Francesca Caroti – from Forsythe’s company, Finnish dancer Juha Marsalo, who blends the lessons of Carolyn Carlson with those of Wim Vandekeybus, Adriana Borriello, from Béjart’s Mudra, with her highly personal anthropological research, Susanne Linke, a fine teacher of the German Tanztheater, and finally director Ismael Ivo himself, assisted by Franca Pagliassotto and Karl Schreiner. Because the training required today embraces an increasingly wide range of techniques and styles, the choice is to provide the dancer with a 360-degree vision of dance, introducing him to the many points of view that make up the choreutic universe today.
The choreographers and dancers listed above will be joined by masters Franco Mescola and Paolo Camia in the teaching of the oriental disciple of Tai-Chi and the Feldenkrais method, an ideal integration to the dancer’s training. The course will be completed by lessons on the theory and history of dance by famous scholars, critics and professors: Eugenia Casini Ropa, Francesca Pedroni, Elisa Guzzo Vaccarino, Susanne Franco, and Stefano Tomassini.
The Arsenale della Danza will begin this year around a nucleus of 7 master classes concentrated over the space of 3 months (from March 30 to June 30), and will grow over the three-year period into a permanent program, with the participation of 20 dancers with a solid base of training, ability and experience. Dancers were selected, for the year 2009, over two days of auditions on March 13 and 14.